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Luxury Accessories Designer Elaine Turner Launches Capital Fundraising on CircleUp


November 5, 2014 - HOUSTON, TX

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - November 05, 2014) - Houston based accessories designer Elaine Turner® is pleased to announce their collaboration with CircleUp.com, an online investment platform connecting thousands of accredited investors with innovative consumer and retail companies. Through new technology, CircleUp allows investors to find, vet, and invest in companies in a new way that will contribute to growth beyond just a financial investment.

Jim Turner, CEO of Elaine Turner, was introduced to CircleUp by two of the brand's board members and longtime investors Don Jones and Meg Montague.

"CircleUp has simplified the process and provides investors the opportunity to learn about and connect with companies on a personal level. Because the SEC regulations on private placements have changed, those who are looking to start small with a growing company they believe in, will be the new wave of investors," says Jones.

As Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Verite Capital Partners, Jones will refer to CircleUp to introduce Elaine Turner to high net worth individuals as potential investors and partners.

CircleUp has gained much praise as one of the primary new vehicles of its kind leading entrepreneurs to success. The platform boasts an easy to understand investing system with quick execution through standardized investment documents, online signature and direct online investing. 

Jim Turner was drawn to the investment website because of their focus on helping passionate entrepreneurs who possess signs of potential growth.

"CircleUp will make a positive impact on our growth financially and I am looking forward to the guidance we will receive from investors with deep experience in consumer products and growth stage companies. I'm eager to connect with more loyal supporters like Don Jones, and hope that brand recognition will expand through these new investor networks," says Turner.

The funds raised through CircleUp will be invested primarily to continue the roll out of retail stores. The brand recently announced two Dallas area boutiques plus a third Houston location, bringing the Elaine Turner store count to ten. Each boutique features the glamorous interiors Turner is known for such as her signature pink sofas, raffia wrapped walls, bamboo floors and cowhide rugs. 

On the eve of Elaine Turner's fifteenth year in business, the designer plans to dive further into apparel and other new product categories. The brand recently announced its Breast Cancer Awareness capsule collection in partnership with the Cancer Support Community and the #ElaineTurnerGivesPink campaign. Philanthropic initiatives such as this are just another way Elaine Turner hopes to use the funds raised. Having fun and giving back is an essential part of the company's DNA and each store will continue to open their doors each week to host cocktail parties and charity fundraisers.

"We take pride in our Texas, down-to-earth roots and are eager for our customers to experience and embrace our friendly, warm, fun and glamorous environment. Ultimately, if you walk out of one of our stores feeling beautiful and fulfilled both inside and out, then I feel like we have done our job. It is my hope that potential investors will share this passion and that we can convey this message through CircleUp," says Elaine Turner.

Elaine was honored in Forbes' Top 40 Tastemakers of 2013 and was a finalist for the 2011 Texas Business Woman of the Year Award. Most recently, Elaine Turner was crowned the winner of the 2014 "Stars of Design" award given by the Decorative Center of Houston.

For more information on joining CircleUp as an investor of Elaine Turner, please visit https://circleup.com/c/elaine-turner-designs/ or contact Jim Turner at jturner@elaineturner.com.

About Elaine Turner
Elaine Turner stores include CityCentre and Rice Village in Houston; The Woodlands, Alamo Heights, San Antonio, Round Rock Premium Outlets, Austin; The Mall at Green Hills in Nashville, Madison Avenue in New York City, and Southlake Town Square and The Shops at Legacy in Dallas. 

Elaine Turner has been featured on The Today Show and in InStyle, More, People, Redbook, Lucky, Southern Living, and O, The Oprah Magazine and her accessories have been seen on celebrities including Eva Longoria, Sarah Drew, Alysia Reiner and Kathie Lee Gifford. To stay connected with Elaine Turner, follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ElaineTurner, Pinterest @Elaine Turner and on Facebook at Elaine Turner Designs. For more information, visit www.elaineturner.com.

About Circle Up
CircleUp is an online platform that connects accredited investors to innovative consumer and retail companies. CircleUp was founded in 2011 by private equity industry veterans who recognized an opportunity to create a new and more efficient marketplace for investments in early-stage consumer and retail companies. After screening over 10,000 companies and helping hundreds of investors participate in over 40 private deals, CircleUp has developed a platform to provide investors with unprecedented access to a unique asset class.

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For more information, please contact:
Kori Mallett
PR Manager
kmallett@elaineturner.com
o. 212-239-8966
c. 917-385-6444

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